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How to use this scenario

Finding a journal requires authors to juggling a lot of considerations. This scenario seeks to illiterates the process by demonstrating how a hypothetical professor with publication goals can apply the aforementioned considerations to the journal selection process.


Case Study (scenarios)

Step 1: Search the article database for your discipline

The professor searches their topic in the Business Source Premier database (they would search EconLit):



Step 2: Search Cabell's for Journals

Since they are researching a social sciences topic, they will search Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities for additional relevant journals.




Step 3: Check if your journals are from predatory publishers

Our dedicated professor is a little wary of the journal "California Business Review" that they located in Cabell's. Even though the journal has the word "California" in the title, they noticed that the journal's editors are from Brazil and the journal has no connection to California.

The journal's publishers make the false claim that it is indexed in EBSCO in an attempt to bolster it's credibility.

They checked Beall's List of Predatory Journals and discovered that the publisher International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) is listed as a predatory publisher. Therefore, California Business Review is no longer a candidate for their article.

Please note: Beall's List has been removed, but the above link is to an archived version. Librarian Jeffrey Beall has criteria for evaluating the credibility of journals.

Step 5: Check SCIMago and Eigenfactor for Citation Metrics

Since the professor wants journals with statistics on citation metrics, they will search for the journal titles in the SCIMago and Eigenfactor websites.

Please note: A journal that isn't mentioned in the SCIMago and Eigenfactor websites can still be a credible journal, but it will probably not be as well-established or prestigious.




Step 6 : Check for Acceptance Rates

Step 6: Read Articles & Abstracts from the Journals

Step 7: Email the Editor for Additional Information